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Edinburgh: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

1. Edinburgh: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Explore Edinburgh at your own pace with an award-winning hop-on hop-off open-top bus tour. Enjoy the onboard commentary that describes the history behind the city. Stop at locations like St Andrew Square, Johnstone Terrace, the Royal Mile. See sights like Edinburgh Castle and Grassmarket. Board the bus and begin your city adventure. Compare Edinburgh's Old Town, where families lived in cramped conditions and rubbish was thrown out of the windows, to the elegant Georgian New Town, with its 3 main streets and square at either end. Hear about the hangings that took place in the Grassmarket as you marvel at the impenetrable Castle Rock above you, and hear about historic attempts to capture Edinburgh Castle. Drive along the Royal Mile, which joins Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Use the 24-hour ticket to hop on and off as you please. With great visitor attractions, museums, galleries, and restaurants to suit every taste and budget, Edinburgh's got it all! Tour Stops: 1. Waterloo Place 2. St. Andrew Square 3. Lothian Road 4. Grassmarket 5. Chalmers Street 6. Johnston Terrace 7. Lawnmarket 8. National Museum of Scotland 9. High Street 10. Canongate 11. Holyrood 12. Our Dynamic Earth 13. Abbeyhill Crescent 14. Regent Road

Edinburgh: 2-Hour Ghost Tour in Italian

2. Edinburgh: 2-Hour Ghost Tour in Italian

Begin your walking tour at nightfall with your Italian guide in one of the most haunted places in the city. Throughout the 2-hour tour, listen as your guide narrates chapters from Edinburgh's chilling history as you hear terrible tales of witches, serial killers and ghosts. Visit a famous cemetery, cross the city center and enjoy views from Calton Hill. Learn about Edinburgh's dark and troubled past filled with bloody wars, frightful murders and malicious witch hunts.

Edinburgh Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & City Tour

3. Edinburgh Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & City Tour

Get to know Edinburgh at your own pace on this interactive scavenger hunt walking tour played on your phone. Decipher riddles, interact with the most important attractions of the city, and unlock interesting facts and legends. An ideal outdoor activity for first time visitors, couples, groups, families, and children. Can be used as a great team-building activity. To get started, simply download the tour app, and head over to the starting point at the Scott Monument. Choose to start the activity at any time. At each stop, learn about the attraction and solve a location-based riddle that can only be solved if you reach the specific location. Use logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to unlock the correct code and reveal the next destination of the city sightseeing game. Use the map to navigate to each location as you complete challenges and pause at any time to take a break or do some sightseeing. As you explore, learn insider information about the city and attractions. Start your tour at the imposing Scott Monument! Visit the Royal Scottish Academy with its dreamlike architecture. Photograph Edinburgh Castle in its imposing form and marvel at the dreamy The Hub. The Grassmarket will amaze you, it is one of the busiest places in Edinburgh. Then Greyfriars Kirkyard awaits, don't forget to take pictures, famous for the story of Greyfriars faithful dog Bobby! St Giles' Cathedral will leave you speechless with its magnificent architecture. Admire Canongate Kirk, which is said to be miraculous and has a huge history. Learn about the Burns Monument built for the country's greatest artist and national symbol, while the icing on the cake of this unique tour will be Calton Hill, a spot that is always busy and enchanting, with amazing views.

Edinburgh: 2-Hour Ghost Tour in Spanish

4. Edinburgh: 2-Hour Ghost Tour in Spanish

Begin your 2-hour evening walking tour with your Spanish-speaking guide in one of the most haunted places in Edinburgh. Listen as your guide tells you about Edinburgh's chilling history and be ready to hear terrible tales of witches, serial killers and ghosts. Visit one of Edinburgh's famous cemeteries and see the tombs of influential personalities such as the philosopher David Hume. Cross the city center and enjoy views from Calton Hill. Walk through the dark closes of the old town, where the most paranormal activity in Europe is experienced. Hear about Edinburgh's dark and troubled past filled with bloody wars, frightful murders and malicious witch hunts.

Edinburgh Ghost Tour:Uncover Haunting Tales and Dark Stories

5. Edinburgh Ghost Tour:Uncover Haunting Tales and Dark Stories

Step back in time as you discover Edinburgh's macabre past on this guided walking tour. Feel your spine tingle as you stroll thorugh the Royal Mile and Grassmarket and see sights like William Burke's skeleton. Start near the imposing Edinburgh Castle, a fortress that has stood for over a millennium and is rumored to be one of the most haunted places in the city. Learn about the enigmatic piper who vanished in its tunnels, only to play ghostly tunes on stormy nights. Continue to the Calton Hill, where stunning views of the city, hide eerie stories of a "Watchman" and a "Headless Drummer." Stroll along the Royal Mile to explore Brodie's Close, named after the notorious Deacon William Brodie, who led a double life as a respected businessman and a daring thief. View the David Hume Statue, where the infamous William Burke was executed for his heinous crimes in 1829. Discover the morbit tale of Burke and Hare, who sold corpses to medical schools, and the lingering presence of Burke's ghost. Walk through the historic Grassmarket, once a site of public execution. Hear the legend of Maggie Dickson, the woman who miraculously survived her own hanging. Listen to the haunting stories of executed criminals, ghostly pipers, and more who are said to haunt this area. Venture into Greyfriars Kirkyard, a cemetery rich with history and paranormal activity. Explore the tales of Sir George Mackenzie, a notorious persecutor of Covenanters, and the heartwarming story of Greyfriars Bobby, the loyal dog who guarded his owner's grave. Witness mortsafes (metal cages that protected the deceased from body snatchers) and the unsettling legacy of Edinburgh's dark past. Visit the Surgeon's Hall Museum to see William Burke's skeleton, a grim reminder of the city's history. Head to Niddry Street, a place once filled with brothels and taverns and rumored to be haunted by the spirits of women who worked there. Explore the network of underground passages and vaults, where eerie legends persist. Back on the Royal Mile, learn about its narrow closes and the haunting stories of the plague, witch hunts, and the accused witches who still roam the area. Discover the tragic history of witch burnings and the restless spirits that linger here. Near Canongate Kirk, hear the tale of Thomas Weir, the alleged warlock known as the "Wizard of West Bow." His ghostly presence is said to haunt this area, alongside other mysterious occurrences. Conclude with a reminder that Edinburgh's dark history and resident spirits add an intriguing layer to the city's rich tapestry. Enjoy a hauntingly good night.

Edinburgh: Escape Game and Tour

6. Edinburgh: Escape Game and Tour

Combine the excitement of a sightseeing city tour with a fun game on this self-guided smartphone walking tour in Edinburgh. Find attractions easily with the app's navigation function. Download the app and start the game by going to the first location. Use observation, logic, imagination, and teamwork to solve the riddle at each location. Pause the app at any point if you want to take a break, stop for coffee, or spend some more time visiting one of the sights. Play the game at your own pace. Start your tour at the imposing Scott Monument. Visit the Royal Scottish Academy with its dreamlike architecture. Photograph Edinburgh Castle in its imposing form and marvel at the dreamy The Hub. The Grassmarket will amaze you, it is one of the busiest places in Edinburgh. Then Greyfriars Kirkyard awaits, don't forget to take pictures, famous for the story of Greyfriar's faithful dog Bobby. St Giles' Cathedral will leave you speechless with its magnificent architecture. Admire Canongate Kirk, which is said to be miraculous and has a huge history. Learn about the Burns Monument built for the country's greatest artist and national symbol, while the icing on the cake of this unique tour will be Calton Hill, a spot that is always busy and enchanting, with amazing views.

Edinburgh: Self-Guided Audio Tour

7. Edinburgh: Self-Guided Audio Tour

Welcome to the enchanting city of Edinburgh, a place where history, culture, and breathtaking landscapes converge to create a truly unique experience. To enhance your exploration of this Scottish gem, we proudly present the Edinburgh Self-Guided Audio Tour—an immersive journey that unveils the rich tapestry of this historic city at your own pace. Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, is a city that seamlessly blends ancient charm with modern vibrancy. From the cobbled streets of the historic Old Town to the elegant avenues of the Georgian New Town, every corner of Edinburgh resonates with tales of centuries past. Our self-guided audio tour is designed to be your knowledgeable companion, offering fascinating insights into the city's landmarks, iconic architecture, and the captivating stories that have shaped its character. As you embark on this audio-guided adventure, you will be guided through Edinburgh's iconic sites, including the imposing Edinburgh Castle, perched high on Castle Rock, and the majestic Holyrood Palace, the official residence of the British monarch in Scotland. Wander down the Royal Mile, a bustling street that serves as the backbone of the Old Town, and immerse yourself in the haunting tales of the city's ghostly past. Delve into the intellectual legacy of Edinburgh with a stroll through the hallowed grounds of the University of Edinburgh, where some of the world's greatest thinkers have walked before. Discover the significance of Arthur's Seat, an extinct volcano that provides a panoramic view of the entire city, and understand why Edinburgh's skyline is truly one of a kind. This self-guided audio tour offers the flexibility to explore Edinburgh's treasures on your terms. Whether you're a history enthusiast, an architecture buff, or simply a curious traveler, our carefully crafted narration will provide you with a deeper understanding of Edinburgh's multifaceted history and vibrant present. Learn more about the top 14 tourist attractions in Edinburgh. Its history, culture, myths, architecture, and other important facts are in this audio commentary which starts from the city's central location then the itinerary gradually moves one by one. 1. Edinburgh Old Town 2. St Giles' Cathedral 3. Royal Mile 4. Edinburgh Castle 5. World of Camera Obscura 6. The National Museum 7. Edinburgh Gin Distillery 8. Scott Monument 9. Calton Hill 10. Palace of Holyroodhouse 11. Arthur's Seat 12. Royal Yacht Britannia 13. Hopetoun House 14. Forth Road Bridge Simply put on your headphones, and let the captivating stories unfold as you traverse the city's captivating streets. Whether you're a solo adventurer, a couple seeking a romantic escape, or a family eager to share in the wonders of Edinburgh, our self-guided audio tour is your passport to an enriching and personalized exploration of this captivating Scottish capital. Welcome to Edinburgh—a city where every cobblestone has a story, and where the past and present dance together in harmony.

Edinburgh: First Discovery Walk and Reading Walking Tour

8. Edinburgh: First Discovery Walk and Reading Walking Tour

Walk through a beautiful route of the city, discover hidden gems and visit 10+ of the most important attractions and spots. Learn some introductory information about each place and interesting stories about the city in general. Download the ‘World City Trail ‘app from the store and login. Read the instructions and head to the starting location. Unlock photos of the exterior and the interior of the location. Read some information regarding the attraction and continue walking to the next checkpoint. Note what you liked and did not like and create your bucket list for the next days! Start your walk any time, without a schedule. Pause it for lunch, have a drink, visit an attraction of your choice, and continue later or even another day. With the maps feature, you will never get lost. Start your tour at the imposing Scott Monument! Visit the Royal Scottish Academy with its dreamlike architecture. Photograph Edinburgh Castle in its imposing form and marvel at the dreamy The Hub. The Grassmarket will amaze you, it is one of the busiest places in Edinburgh. Then Greyfriars Kirkyard awaits, don't forget to take pictures, famous for the story of Greyfriars faithful dog Bobby! St Giles' Cathedral will leave you speechless with its magnificent architecture. Admire Canongate Kirk, which is said to be miraculous and has a huge history. Learn about the Burns Monument built for the country's greatest artist and national symbol, while the icing on the cake of this unique tour will be Calton Hill, a spot that is always busy and enchanting, with amazing views. Download the ‘’World City Trail ‘’ app from the store. Then start your tour and enjoy!

Edinburgh: Private Guided Customized Walking Tour

9. Edinburgh: Private Guided Customized Walking Tour

Make Edinburgh more accessible by exploring the city with a local on a private, customizable walking tour. Learn about Edinburgh, its landmarks, and local life as you wander around the city's streets with your guide. Choose from 2, 3, 4, 6, or 8-hour tour options to suit your needs. Enjoy a private tour for just you and your group, and gain a deeper insight into Edinburgh life than would be possible alone. Be contacted by your guide before your tour so they have a feel for your interests and tastes, ensuring you only visit the places you are interested in. Then, see Edinburgh through the eyes of a local and discover its hidden gems on your guided walking tour.

Edinburgh: Royal Mile Scottish Enlightenment Walking Tour

10. Edinburgh: Royal Mile Scottish Enlightenment Walking Tour

We begin at St Giles Cathedral then work our way through Edinburgh's Old Town, ending up at Calton Hill, East End of Princes Street. On our way the statues and landmarks have their story to tell about the Scottish Enlightenment and some of the important people involved - not just the contribution they made but what kind of people they were. Some of the stories are funny, others surprisingly different to what you might expect. We touch lightly on topics which Scotland became famous for during the Enlightenment period: philosophy, economics, literature, architecture, education, medicine. It's great exercise for the brain and body too, but nothing too academic or tiring. However a reasonable degree of fitness is required as we will walk fairly quickly and eventually climb Calton Hill. Toilet facilities are available half way and at the end, but please go easy on the tea and coffee before we begin. Also, dress for the weather conditions, with waterproof coat if necessary and good walking shoes. At the end of our Tour you are free to explore further from Calton Hill onwards.

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These tours are always worth it. Look around the first day and then get a feel for where you want to go. Some cities are a little pricey but if you use some of it the next day it feels a little less spendy.

I am so glad for these buses! I was still able to see al sights due to a recent injury that prevented me from walking well and fast. Thank you! And buds to listen to the audio! Perfect!

Very nice visit to see on the first day what to visit. Very practical, the ticket is valid for 24 hours to get off and on at will. I recommend

Taking this tour really gave me a sense of place and how the old city was laid out. It was a great jumping off place to tour the city!

Amazing bus tour with lots of information regarding all points of interests. Recommend to everyone